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The Need

Currently, the service dog industry estimates it costs between $35,000 – $50,000 to raise, train,
and place an assistance dog. VMF's program features different types of service provided by our
highly-trained dogs and each type requires a different degree of and time for training.
Our estimated costs range from:

  • $6,500 for a "comfort" dog
  • $12,500 for a therapy dog (depending on skills required)
  • $15,000 to 20,000 for a facility dog (depending on the skills required to
    mitigate a physical or psychological disability)
  • $30,000 to 40,000 for an assistance/service dog (depending on the
    skills required to mitigate a physical or psychological disability)

All VMF Assistance/Service dogs are cared for by VMF for the entire time
they are performing their designated duties with a Veteran.

Use of Funds

Funds provided by you or your organization
will aid in the following:

  • payment for procurement of the puppy;
  • required vaccinations and veterinarian examinations;
  • food and training treats;
  • a county dog license;
  • fees to test and register VMF's therapy dogs with one of the nationally recognized registrars and evaluators: Therapy Dogs International (TDI), Pet Partners® or Therapy Dogs, Inc. (TDInc.);
  • toys;
  • leashes;
  • kennels for sleeping and for transportation to his/her public events;
  • grooming;
  • basic dog-obedience training classes;
  • transportation costs to special events and therapeutic sessions;
  • advanced training by certified, professional dog trainers;
  • transportation costs to meet, evaluate and assess his/her matching with a veteran or veteran candidates;
  • final training tailored to the specific needs of the veteran; and
  • periodic or annual refresher training for the assistance dog and his/her veteran while they remain partnered together.
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